Last week the long-standing rumors about Samsung returning to the use of OLED displays for some of its tablets started getting a bit closer to commercial reality, with the arrival of the name Galaxy Tab S to designate this new family of slates. We heard about 8.4 and 10.5-inch models, both with the sort of high-end specs that would be appropriate for a tablet running a bright, beautiful, high-res 2K OLED screen. What we haven’t had is much in the way of hard evidence for either of theses units, but that all changes today, with the first leaked pics purporting to depict the Galaxy Tab S 10.5.
Unlike the Note-3-like faux leather texture on this year’s TabPRO models, or the Tab 4 devices with their less-adorned textured rear panels, the Tab S sure looks like it’s taking a page form the Galaxy S5’s playbook and returning with the same dimpled look. That’s bound to raise a few eyebrows, but we’re already starting to come around to it, and what we see here has us anxious to get our hands on one of these guys and really experience how it feels for ourselves.
In addition to that rear shot we also get our first glimpse at the tablet’s face – so is this an OLED panel we see? Well… maybe. While using an OLED screen seems like the whole point of the Tab S project it’s been one details that’s notoriously difficult to confirm; despite all the rumors, we’ve yet to see any leaked docs positively describing the Tab S with an OLED screen, nor any component pics that might let us make the ID for ourselves. Maybe just a comparison shot, of this Tab S up against a TabPRO 10.1 with its LCD? At this point, we’ll take anything.